Two Georgia candidates decline invitation to participate in statewide debate

ATLANTA — Two candidates running for public office are declining to debate their challengers in the Atlanta Press Club’s upcoming Loudermilk-Young Debate Series.

Lee Anderson, a Republican running for Congress, and Stan Wise, a Republican running for a seat on the state’s Public Service Commission, have declined to appear at their respective Oct. 21 debates, which are airing on Georgia Public Broadcasting.

“We believe the best public is an informed one. The Press Club’s forum, moderated by trusted journalists from outlets around the state, affords candidates the opportunity to talk directly to Georgia’s voters,” Lauri Strauss, the Press Club’s executive director, said in a statement. “In doing so, candidates can elaborate on their positions related to policy matters that affect each and every Georgian.”

Added Strauss: “We urge Mr. Anderson and Mr. Wise to reconsider their decision. We hope they will participate in this opportunity for meaningful dialogue. To that end, we will keep a podium open for both Mr. Anderson and Mr. Wise should they decide to participate.”

Anderson faces incumbent John Barrow, a Democrat, while Wise, the incumbent, faces David Staples, a libertarian.

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